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Karabagh Kelleh Lampa rug, Azerbaijan

Karabagh Kelleh

Lot 158
Origin: South Caucasus, Azerbaijan
Dimensions: 602 x 200 cm
Age: Second half 19th century
Estimate EUR: 9,000.00
The workshops of Shusha, the capital of the Karabagh district, specialised in weaving large carpets in the kelleh format during the 19th century. They were frequently commissioned by Russian officers and officials or exported to the Czarist Empire. Their ornamentation is strongly influenced by Persian models. This kelleh presenting a midnight blue field, a star-shaped central medallion with smaller medallions attached vertically, large birds and elongated cochineal spandrels closely follows a Khorasan model (see illustration in Thompson). New overcasting along the sides, minimally reduced ends. Signs of age and wear, several repiled sections.
THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. The art of carpets from the tents, cottages and workshops of Asia. London 1983, pl. p. 61 *** SCHURMANN, ULRICH, Teppiche aus dem Kaukasus. Brunswick 1964, no. 42 *** SCHURMANN, ULRICH, Teppiche aus dem Orient. Wiesbaden 1976, ill. pp. 152/153

Major Spring Auction

Saturday 31. May 2014

Rippon Boswell & Co. International Auctioneers of Rare Carpets & Textiles